Color scrimshaw on antique ivory billiard ball by Kurt Sperry. Nicely done work by Sperry. Abundant detail throughout. This globe rests on a elegant macassar ebony and mammoth ivory stand and can be picked up and held for closer inspection. Really like the zodiac signs in the compass rose. Nice detail. These billiard and cue balls are becoming increasingly hard to come by. This one was made in the U.K. probably around the 1880s.
What is generally overlooked is the preparation of the ball itself. When sanding and polishing the ball, care has to be taken to maintain the original spherical shape of the ball, otherwise it will not fit properly in the stand. This is an art in itself. Also, the area to be scrimshawed is larger than most people realize. If one were to “peel” the outer surface as one would peel the skin from an orange, the area is always larger than first sensed.
This scrimshaw is done on pre-ban African ivory. Since the passage of the CITIES Treaty in 1973, there has been no African ivory brought into the U.S. However, ivory that was in the U.S. prior to 1973 can be legally sold and shipped within the U.S. However, new legislation taking effect in 2016 restricts pre-ban African Ivory from being shipped interstate. It can only legally be shipped intrastate, (within the state). All of our pre-ban ivory is located with our associate in the state of Ohio. It can be purchased directly from our website and shipped only to an address within the state of Ohio. If one has a relative, trusted friend or business associate within the state of Ohio, we can ship to that specified address in order to comply with the new Federal legislation. The scrimshaw can then be forwarded it to you and everyone complies with the law. Any questions email or call us.